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Ottawa makes deal to buy three icebreakers for coast guard - Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:42:52 EDT

The Liberal government has concluded a deal with a Quebec shipyard to purchase, through a sole-source contract, three medium icebreakers to relieve pressure on the Canadian Coast Guardís aging fleet.

Hundreds of lightning strikes around Yellowknife, but no new fires reported - Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:56:07 EDT
Yellowknife lightning strike June 2018

Despite close to 700 lightning strikes in and around Yellowknife overnight Thursday, none of them set off new forest fires, territorial government officials say.

N.W.T. gov't estimates $400K in 1st year of cannabis, no commitment to share with communities - Fri, 22 Jun 2018 07:00:00 EDT
Breathing Green Solutions cannabis

The N.W.T. government expects to rake in $400,000 in the first year of cannabis legalization, and has no plans to share any of it with municipalities.

Here comes the sun: Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation to offset diesel with solar panels in Old Crow - Fri, 22 Jun 2018 09:00:00 EDT
Vuntut Gwichin office in Old Crow

The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation is installing enough solar panels to offset 190,000 litres of diesel per year. ATCO will buy the solar energy, feed it into the grid, and redistribute it to the community.

Most Iqaluit residents get housing subsidized by gov't, employer, CMHC reports - Fri, 22 Jun 2018 05:00:00 EDT
Iqaluit tundra valley

Two thirds of Iqaluit residents get some sort of help paying their rent from either the Nunavut government or their employer, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's latest northern housing report.

Wildfire prompts closure of Nahanni Range Road in Yukon - Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:18:40 EDT
Wildland fire

Officials say the 260-hectare fire was reported Thursday and was caused by lightning. The fire and nearby cabins are being monitored.

Mining activity prompts Air North to add Whitehorse-Mayo flights - Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:00:00 EDT
Air North

The first flight is expected to take off on June 26, with as many as five flights between the communities available on some days.

Aboriginal hunters would be exempt from N.W.T.'s planned ban on hunting with drones - Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:00:00 EDT
Canada Post Drones

Hunters have said the use of drones is an 'unfair advantage to the hunter' and 'kind of like cheating.'

Inmate riot in Iqaluit jail causes significant structural damage, but no injuries - Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:35:39 EDT
Baffin Correctional Center

An inmate riot at the Baffin Correctional Centre in Iqaluit on Wednesday night has caused significant damage to one of the jailís units, but no injuries were reported.

Iqaluit's latest dump fire extinguished in an hour - Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:13:03 EDT
Iqaluit dump smoke

As opposed to the past long-smouldering fires at the Iqaluit dump, the most recent fire that started Thursday afternoon was out in a hour.

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